ROBERT appears. Hes super hot but you can tell theres something going on with him. Hes a little weird, like just a little bit off, kinda sweaty, kinda nervous, his hair is theoretically nice-looking but its styled in an unflattering way. He wears a suit thats conspicuously old-fashioned and too big for him. Hes fidgety. Still hot though, I want to be clear about that.
If youve dreaded going back into the office, Events confirms the return may be worse than you imagined. Much, much worse.
The first time I saw Merrily was at Fair Lawn High School in New Jersey in 2008; Stephen Sondheim apparently attended a performance and spoke to the cast. I remember being amazed by the score, confused by the story, but moved by the endingin that amateur productions final gesture, as the chorus refrains me and you during Our Time, antihero Franklin Shepards piano comes back on stage and he, alone, faces it. Maria Friedmans production, now sold out at New York Theatre Workshop, concludes with a similar visual, and an idea clicked: music is the you to Franklins me, the thing he cares most about and what he has to lose when the people who make him sing fade away, dimming like distant stars.